Oakbank, SA 5243
Easter Saturday at Oakbank is one of the jewels in the South Australian racing calendar.
The showcase race of the day is the Von Doussa Steeplechase, first run in 1877, which draws the best jumping horses, riders and trainers from across Australia and beyond, and this is part of a full metropolitan nine race card that also includes the listed Hills Railway Stakes.
The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbecues, and by the time racing begins the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbecues as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.
A family-oriented event, the Easter Racing Carnival has plenty of activities and entertainment designed especially for kids, including rides and amusements, an animal petting zoo, face painting and roving entertainers.
2017 will see the introduction of The Back Paddock, a new food and drink precinct located behind the main grandstands that is open to all racegoers, with free admission. Featuring an array of premium food and drink marquees, stalls and pop-ups, punters will have a wide range of eating and drinking options to choose from in a high energy, carnival atmosphere.